The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce reoffense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders.
The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.
Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.
At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.
David D’Amora from the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) and Dr. Eric B. Elbogen from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine co-presented in the session, Addressing the Role of Factors that May Contribute to Violence: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse.
The CSG Justice Center delivered trainings at two conferences in the behavioral health field—the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Annual Meeting in New York City, and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s (NCBH) Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD.
Evidence-based approaches and strategies for the successful reentry of individuals returning home from incarceration who also have mental and/or co-occurring substance use disorders was the subject of a recent training session led by the CSG Justice Center.
To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosted its fifth annual training and orientation conference, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery” on May 13–14 in National Harbor, Maryland.
This webinar provides a discussion about the status of current legislation that affects criminal justice funding, the federal budget process, and appropriations issues.
The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, developed by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, has added a new resource section addressing key issues and reform trends related to evidence-based practices, which includes model policies, recent research, and links to key resources and experts.
This unique position will focus on documenting how California’s counties are addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the state’s prison realignment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and sharing “lessons learned” and best practices for the benefit of all of California’s counties.
“Criminology at the Intersections of Oppression” is this year’s theme for the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) annual meeting.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
This webinar discusses the impact of trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use on women and girls and their families and communities, as well as strategies to address its impact.
This webinar discusses how staff from multiple agencies can work together toward the shared outcomes of reducing recidivism and promoting recovery for people involved in the justice system.
This video is a webcast of the April 2014 conference, “Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities,” cohosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the journal Health Affairs.
The National Reentry Resource Center hosted this webinar to assist organizations with their 2014 applications for the Adult Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Second Chance Act grant.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can increase client engagement and retention by adopting a systems approach.
Presented in collaboration with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can link multiple systems to increase participation and retention in community treatment.
People involved with the criminal justice system experience high rates of communicable and chronic disease, as well as mental health and substance use disorders.
This webinar assists users in navigating the complexity of reentry research available on the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse.
Presenters review how adopting a “continuing care model” to treat substance use disorders can improve outcomes for individuals who are justice involved.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and support to address youth bullying.
This fact sheet from the Office of National Drug Control Policy provides a summary of the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, its progress in drug reform policy efforts, and its continuing goals.
This report by the Human Rights Watch provides an overview of the Veterans Administration’s response to veterans who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependence. In addition, it also highlights three programs that use evidence-based models in an effort to [...]
his resource provides an introduction to some of the challenges paroling authority members face when serving individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders, along with a summary of the latest research and strategic thinking in the field.
Youth involved with the juvenile justice system who are released from detention have higher mortality rates than the general public, according to this study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This comprehensive report from the East Texas Council of Governments compares mental health and substance use services across 14 Texas counties.
This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention examines the overlap between behavioral health issues and the risk of future offending, and the delivery of mental health services to youth involved with the juvenile justice system post-release.
This report by the National Institute of Corrections provides a guide for states and local jurisdictions interested in using system mapping to maximize opportunities for criminal justice and health care system integration and efficiency through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This National Institute of Justice report addresses key concepts in cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who use research to guide decisions about resource allocation.
After extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to strengthen community supervision, increase accountability, and expand access to substance use treatment.
Wyoming County is one of the first counties to institute an adult drug court program due to the efforts of McGraw, according to officials.
Sweeping changes in how misbehaving youths are treated have reduced the number of teens requiring lock-up, saved taxpayers money and show signs of helping produce productive adults, according to officials.
The nation’s largest private prison company is shifting its focus toward helping release more inmates and keep them out—a reaction, company officials say, to changing policies around the country on the severity of criminal punishment.
he Florida Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the University of Florida recently conducted a study that showed starkly higher rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Juvenile Justice offenders than in the general population.
As part of a lawsuit against the state, medical experts hired by the ACLU toured prisons and studied medical records. Their conclusions were that the system is fundamentally broken, disorganized, underresourced, and understaffed
A program that started with one “street outreach” worker 15 years ago is evolving rapidly, and has grown now to six-and-a-half positions, two-and-a-half of them embedded in the police department. It is that program that Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick referred to in his recent set of proposals for improving police relations and effectiveness in the community.
The majority of California counties have begun enrolling inmates and individuals on probation in health coverage, according to a recent survey by Californians for Safety and Justice, Capital Public Radio’s “KXJZ News” reports (Bartolone, “KXJZ News,” Capital Public Radio, 9/8).
LifeRight Outreach is based out of Alexandria and expanded to include the Willmar location in July. The organization provides housing, life skills and support centered on faith.
Benton County — A new healthcare program at the Benton County jail is cutting costs and adding services for inmates.
West Virginia’s initiative to reduce the number of inmates crammed into its prisons and regional jails appears to have made more progress than expected in its first year.